3/18/2008

We checked out of the park inn and went to Fall Creek Falls Overlook to take more pictures. The wind was so strong we couldn’t even use a tripod for fear it would blow over. We took several pictures and got out of there before we froze. Teagan drove until we stopped for lunch at a Krystal west of Knoxville. Then Richard drove to the Sugarland Visitor Center in the Smoky Mountain National Park. We arrived around 3:00 p.m. After getting some advice for a good afternoon hike, we drove to Fighting Creek Gap where we started a hike on the Laurel Falls Trail.

We came to the falls after 1.3 miles. The lighting was harsh and there was a large crowd, so we kept going after a brief stop. We continued for a total of 3.1 miles when the trail intersected Little Greenbrier Trail. Along the way, we passed through a forest of yellow poplars and hemlocks. Slightly higher we came to a forest of mostly oaks and maples. After a total climb of about 1600 feet, we returned to the falls.

We took lots of pictures at the falls. The lighting was better for pictures than when we came up. Teagan climbed up from the trail on some rocks near the falls. She also descended below the falls to see the fall from below and to take pictures.

After we finished at the falls, we returned to the van at dusk and drove to Gatlinburg where we checked in to the hotel. We ate supper at Calhoun’s across the street.

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